Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Blank Gameweek 36?

Despite four teams missing out on Blank Gameweek 36, there are still plenty of options for the latest Fantasy Premier League captaincy decision.

Harry Kane (£11.8m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) jointly lead the Golden Boot race and, with three fixtures remaining for both, they are among the favourites to find the net this weekend.

But is there some potential ground to make up with some outside candidates? With Manchester City now likely to play a more regular starting XI, should we consider their assets for the armband? Do Everton strikers appeal against a leaky Sheffield United defence?

As always, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you with this week’s captaincy conundrum. As this includes extensive data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

CAPTAIN POLL

As expected, the two main Golden Boot candidates are leading the captaincy poll ahead of Blank Gameweek 36. So far, Liverpool’s Salah has been handed over 35.6% of total votes by our users.

Second-placed Kane has received just above 20.3% of votes ahead of his home match against Wolves.

The top five is closed by some familiar names, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m, 8.8%), Riyad Mahrez (£8.0m, 4.4%) and Ilkay Gundogan (£5.6m, 3.7%).

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  1. klopp2567
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Get wood or ings in place of ileanacho?
    other 2 strikers are bamford and DcL.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Ings could be great, but he also could get injured.

  2. winchester
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Hey lads! have 1ft and 2,5m itb. No chips left. Would need some advice here lads. Leading my ML by 30p. 2nd in league has son and bamford.. Is it even worth taking a hit if i am leading? cheers all.

    forster
    taa lowton mitchell coufal
    salah jota lingard zaha
    kane davis

    mendy rudiger bruno nacho

    a) nacho -> bamford
    b) nacho+rudiger -> bamford+dallas -4
    c) zaha -> son

    1. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      A or C - No Son more likely to bite so probably C

  3. klopp2567
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Captaij DCL or son
    dont have either kane or salah in the team. please help

    1. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Son

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      son

  4. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Bottomed...

    Martinez (Guaita)

    TAA Holgate Konsa (Castagne/Veltman)

    Salah Lingard Siggy (Bruno / Greenwood)

    DCL / Watkins (Nacho)

    A. Bruno/Nacho > Kane/Raphinha
    B. Bruno/Nacho > Kane/Foden
    C. Bruno/Nacho > Bamford/Son
    D. Bruno/Nacho > Bamford/Bale
    E. Other e.g. sort out defence, punt on Ings etc

    Also, am I playing the right keeper?

    Thanks guys.

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

  5. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Do you think Jota will start vs WBA?
    Would you sell him for Mahrez and -4 ?

    1. CABAYE4
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Not convinced Jota will start but don’t think worth a -4 as you’ll want to reverse next week.

  6. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Thoughts on
    1) Greenwood + nacho to Raphina + dcl (-4)
    2) Bruno + nacho to son + Bamford/antonio (-4)

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Pick an option:
    A. Bruno -> Son (-4)
    B. Castagne -> Digne/Dallas(-4)

    Martinez
    Coady Phillips
    Bruno Jota Salah Lingard
    Watkins Bamford Kane

    Sanchez Rudiger Greenwood Shaw Castagne

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      B with Dallas

  8. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Guys

    A) Shaw nacho to Dallas bam -4
    B) Bruno shaw to son dallas -4
    C) Bruno nacho to son bam/antonio -4

    Thanks.

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      tough A

  9. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA Digne Coufal
    Salah Bruno* Jota Lingard
    DCL Watkins Nacho*

    (Guaita Greenwood* Shaw* Rudi*)
    1 FT & 1.8m

    A) Bruno & Nacho ➡️ Kane & Foden/Raph -4
    B) Bruno & Nacho ➡️ Son & Antonio/Bamford -4

    Really confused this week. Thoughts?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      So close. B with Antonio imo.

    2. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Similar situation (see above). In your case I wouldn't double up on WH. I'm chasing and my rival has Kane so I may have to go Son.

  10. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Thoughts on this please?
    Rudiger, Fernandes & Ihenacho to
    Digne, Son & Antonio for -8?

    A. Yes
    B. No

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      do it

  11. Bennyboy1907
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Who’s more likely to start? Struijk or Mitchel?

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Mitch

  12. Cojones of Destiny
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    heck i went Gundo as my differential )) might as well have some fun till season ends GL all

  13. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    a) Play Forster (who's unlikely to play but vs Fulham if he does)
    or
    b) Play Guaita vs Villa

  14. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Struijk or Alioski for best minutes gw36?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Or Mitchell

    2. Bennyboy1907
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Same dilemma, need 1 jus for this week

    3. Bennyboy1907
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Currently thinking Mitchell as Cooper is back for Leeds

  15. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    1. Fofana > Dallas
    2. Azpi > Digne

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      1 for remaining 3 gws
      2 for next 2 at stretch

      1. Ha.
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        It would be until the end of the season

        I just fancy Digne for a haul against SHU

        1. Cojones of Destiny
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          then u have to look at total points to be earned for next three .. I somehow managed to keep dallas for a long period and really happy to play him till the end

  16. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    Which looks the best option

    Fernandes and Maguire to:

    A) Bale and Trent
    B) Son and Robertson
    C) Mahrez and Trent

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A or C

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      C

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Mahrez in isolation I agree. Just the terror of him not starting, then knowing I probably need to take him out next week. So few transfers left.

  17. Vertigo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Do I have this right?

    With Chelsea and Leicester playing each other in GW37, if Liverpool win their next three games they qualify for Champions league, since one of those teams will drop points.

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Probably.
      Could be goal difference with Leicester that will decide it.

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        i.e. If Chelsea beat Leicester and Liverpool win their next 2 then they will both be on 66 points with Liverpool having a slight edge with gd going into the final games.

        1. Big Mac 24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Exactly, you’d imagine if Liverpool win all 3 then Leicester would need to smash Spurs on final day to keep up GD.

          1. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Thinking Liverpool, all out attack, might be the way forward for the next three.

            1. Big Mac 24
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              So Trent plus 2

              1. Vertigo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Can't afford Trent. I'm thinking Salah, Jota and maybe Bruno to Mané.

          2. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Yes. It's VERY unlikely that Liverpool win all 3 and don't make the top 4.
            A 1 goal victory for Chelsea against Leicester and 3x 1 goals wins for Liverpool would need Leiceter needing a 3 or possibly 4 goal win over Spurs to turn it around.

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Basically I'm saying that realistically Liverpool don't need to score loads, they just need 3 wins.

              1. Vertigo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Good point.

    2. Big Mac 24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I believe it would go to goal difference if Chelsea beat Leicester and win their last one too.

      They would finish on 70
      Liverpool on 69 (if win all 3)
      Leicester on 69 if they beat Spurs.

      I’m nit sure on the deciding criteria in terms of toe on points, is it still goal difference?

      1. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Chelsea have to win both to decide own fate

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      What’s the scenario if Chelsea win champions league and don’t finish top4. Would they qualify ahead of pool?

      1. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        All 5 qualify, is the only scenario to afford this

      2. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Nightmare for Tuchel if they neither win nor qualify.

        1. Big Mac 24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Or win FA cup final

          1. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Oopf! Roberto Di Matteo Mach 2.

            1. Big Mac 24
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

  18. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Sure it's already been mentioned, but that goalkeeping from Henderson for the Salah goal was beyond special. Not sure I've ever seen a keeper make a 1 on 1 easier.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I was a goalkeeper and agree it was pretty poor. Didn't seem to know where he was.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Did your suit of armour hamper you?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Jousting sticks were definitely an advantage!

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            When coming off my line!

          2. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Can't be easy on horseback though.

  19. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    TAA captain choice?

    Yay or nay

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Not for me

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      could be gold do it if u feel it

  20. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Lingard > Bale -4?

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      no

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      No

  21. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Have i missed something on Bale as a one week punt? Not seeing much love

    e.g. as a double up with Son if not going with Kane

    I would have thought he would be a good punt on FH for example

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      No, he's a good pick. Back yourself.

  22. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    on free hit, want to bring City players:

    please choose as many as you want between 0 and 3:

    1 dias
    2 stones
    3 Ederson
    4 mahrez
    5 Aguero
    6 Foden
    7 sterling

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      123 because those are the only options between 0 and 3

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      1,3,4 where is gundo ?

    3. Ooh Ah Cantona
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Don't dismiss Torres in the last few games

  23. Delta Varane'iant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Battle of the hits for the last 3 weeks for me.
    90 points behind last week in 2nd.
    Greenwood, DCL, TAA and Wood for a -8 got me 153 and within 49 points and 47K OR

    Rolling the dice on Ings, Coufal and Rafinha for another -8. Bad gamble to drop Bruno?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Good plan, good luck

    2. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I have, Bruno > Mahrez, going Lingard > Bale -4 aswell

    3. Big Mac 24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Had a similar gamble bringing in Adams DCL and Bruno for Kane Son Wood and TC Greenwood. 162 pts the result, catapulted me from 1.2m to 764k

      Just done a -12 now

      1. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Son Kane Stones Foden in for Bruno Ineacho Greenwood Shaw

    4. Tommy J
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I was 91 points behind ML leader at the end of GW 33 and in 6th place. I captained Bale as a differential in GW 34 and then used wildcard for GW 35 which paid off so far. I am now only 3 points behind in 2nd! I'm dropping Bruno for Raphinha so I can bring in Kane for Ihneacho. I could just do Bruno to Bale but don't think that sort of luck(skill?) will play out twice!

      Presumably -8 is to get out 11 players so only really risking 4 points...

      1. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Great stuff, what a jump!

        My -12 is also to get full compliment so -6

  24. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    FH team, gtg?

    Pickford
    TAA, Stones, Digne
    Salah (c), Son, Mahrez, Foden
    Kane (vc), DCL, Ings
    [Forster, Phillips, Raph, Mitchell]

    Good luck all

    1. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Very similar, except Dallas for Stones and Lingard for Foden

  25. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    A) Ings, Foden
    B) DCL, Mahrez

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I have all 4, B just

    2. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B

  26. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    G2G?

    Sanchez | Areola
    TAA Digne Vestergaard Phillips
    Salah Son Mahrez Lingard
    Kane DC-L
    ¦ Shaw Iheanacho Saka

  27. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Best one week punt for Bruno? Was set on Mane but have this feeling he might not play. Mahrez? Or bench and play Raphina?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Mahrez imo

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Bale

    3. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Interesting cheers

  28. Dirty_Harry
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Is James out for one of the below worth an additional -4 hit (would make it a total of -8 for the week)?

    James OUT >

    1. Coufal
    2. Godfrey

  29. Blanka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Bring in DCL for a hit or Che Adams for free?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Che

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Dcl to the end!

  30. JonSnow
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Best defender for the next 3 outside of pool & city have 6.2 itb? Have Dallas and ML rival has struijk & Dallas, tempted to cover him as I have BB to play but tempted by west ham

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Digne or Coufal

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Digne